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The Health & Safety at Work (Asbestos) Regulations 2016 (Click to View) bring a duty for people in control of a place of work to; identify asbestos in the workplace, and prepare an asbestos management plan that manages the risks from asbestos with an adequate documented management plan, and to regularly review the management plan. The person with management or control of a workplace will need to provide this information to those who occupy the premises (including worker representatives) or those who may carry out work that may disturb the asbestos. The regulations also state a duty for asbestos in the home if carrying out refurbishment or demolition (read more).

WorkSafe New Zealand recommends that people in control of a place of work prepare an asbestos register by arranging for an asbestos survey of their workplace by a competent person. The asbestos register will assist those in control of a place of work and provide information for contractors undertaking minor maintenance of locations where ACMs are present.

CES has been providing asbestos surveys for commercial and private clients for over 25 years. Our management, refurbishment and demolition surveys follow methodology based upon WorkSafe Good Practice Guidelines - Conducting Asbestos Surveys - October 2016 and the HSE UK Asbestos: The Survey Guide (HSG264 2012). 

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For CES surveys we have implemented AlphaTracker into our systems, this provides our clients with current, accurate and professional asbestos survey reports.

The survey standard uses a Materials Assessment Algorithm, and when requested Priority Assessment information to assist the Client in assessing the risk to health presented by the asbestos materials identified in the survey at the time of sampling/surveying.

We have experienced Environmental Technicians, Surveyors, Assessors and Asbestos Analysts who are competent in Asbestos Surveying and Reporting. Lead surveyors are experienced, qualified and independent, and are BOHS P402 or IP402 Surveying and Sampling Strategies for Asbestos in Buildings trained and qualified. Effective and worthwhile surveying takes time and planning. 

The asbestos survey process includes:

♦ Survey Planning: Initial site visit and scope. It is important this process is completed. 

♦ A physical inspection of the site, buildings and/or surrounding areas of concern as specified by the client.

♦ Small samples of material, dust wipes and/or soil samples are taken to determine if they contain asbestos and if any, what types.

♦ A written report that details the location, extent and condition of the materials found and lists remedial recommendations.

♦ An asbestos register listing all asbestos containing materials (ACM's) for the area surveyed.

Each survey is unique, having its own scope and the number of samples and time required varies. Need a cost estimate? Please complete the request for survey form and e-mail us with details of your requirements. Click here to read about the types of surveys we offer.

Please be assured that the CES asbestos survey team is competent and  experienced, with many large surveys being carried out in the Wellington region and Nationwide. We are committed to continuing to provide our clients with service excellence for all our asbestos services including management, refurbishment and demolition surveys.

CES is fully Accredited to ISO17025 for bulk and fibre asbestos analysis. CES personnel are also WorkSafe licensed assessors. WorkSafe advise asbestos assessors can also carry out other tasks, including identifying asbestos, and carrying out a risk assessment.  

WorkSafe advise

Type of licence

What asbestos can be removed?

Asbestos Assessor
  • An asbestos assessor provides air quality monitoring during removal work, inspects the finished job and provide a clearance certificate.
  • A licensed Asbestos Assessor will be required to assess Class A asbestos removal work
Class A Any type or quantity of asbestos or asbestos containing material, including: 
  • any amount of friable asbestos or asbestos containing material  (ACM)
  • any amount of asbestos contaminated dust or debris (ACD)
  • any amount of non-friable asbestos or ACM
Class B
  • any amount of non-friable asbestos or ACM
  • ACD associated with removing any amount of non-friable asbestos or ACM
No licence Required
  • Up to and including 10 m2 of non-friable asbestos or ACM, cumulatively, over the whole course of the removal project for the site
  • ACD that is: 
    • associated with removing 10 m2 or less of non-friable asbestos or ACM
    • and any associated minor ACD.

* Analytical testing must be carried out by an Accredited Laboratory.

We understand the New Zealand asbestos issues better than most and continue to offer a full range of services for domestic, commercial and industrial clients. Using cloud based systems our assessments and surveys are comprehensive and can be available to our clients online. If you have any queries regarding your property or business, or need advice on anything asbestos or dust related, please call or email

 Our Surveying Services Include


Call us (04 566 3311) or send an email with a brief outline of your requirements and we will work with you to provide the most practical and appropriate solutions.

What is a Competent Asbestos Surveyor?


The person carrying out surveys and taking the samples must be competent including competent to work in the asbestos-hazard conditions without risk to their own or other’s health and safety. They must have appropriate protective equipment (PPE) and a sampling kit.

  • Surveys should be carried out by an independent and competent third party. Engaging a professional surveyor with a well documented quality management system and / or an ISO/IEC17020 or ISO/IEC17025 accreditation is recommended. Professional surveyors should have appropriate industry specific knowledge, training and experience.
  • Asbestos surveyors also need to have a good understanding of where and how asbestos and ACM’s were used in different building types, and how to correctly (and safely) take samples and undertake risk management such as BOHS P402 and IP402 trained and qualified surveyors.


CES Asbestos Surveyors are Competent Asbestos Surveyors:

CES is an IANZ Accredited Laboratory to IANZ 17025 (Certificate) and meets independently audited accreditation requirements. We have held this accreditation since 1997.

Understanding of ACMS: In addition to carrying out surveys, sampling on sites and internal training, CES analysts handle ACM’s in the laboratory daily, this develops a core understanding of ACM’s, their use, the type of products asbestos is found in (commonly and occasionally) and how to handle them safely. We definitely understand the risks associated with ACM's.

Relevant Asbestos Qualifications: Staff profiles summarise specific asbestos training undertaken by CES personal. In our experience the training and skills received within the laboratory and developed over the past 30 years enhances the BOHS P402 and IP402 qualifications.

Copies of CES IANZ accreditation, Site Wise Certification, Health and Safety Manual, Hazard and Risk Register and Job Safety Analysis documentation is available for viewing at all times at the Laboratory.